Our Alumni Community
Members of Lincoln’s 95,000-strong alumni community are having an impact wherever they are in the world. Many of them are influential in their fields, ranging from politics to international development, science, and engineering. We have notable filmmakers, Members of Parliament, award-winning designers and illustrators, and engineers with global companies in our network.
If you would like to share your story or be featured in our Graduate Success Stories, please get in touch.
Undergraduate Alumni Success Stories
Ayodele Ogunshakin, BA (Hons) Media Production, 2015
Ayodele works as a Storyliner at ITV's Coronation Street. After graduation Ayodele took a job working at BBC's Blue Peter before moving to ITV to work as an Assistant Storyliner on Coronation Street. Ayodele was promoted to Storyliner in 2020.
Speaking at one of the University's graduation ceremonies in 2019 Ayodele said: "My sister and I would guess how storylines would end and joke that we could write them. I dreamed that it would happen and now here I am, writing storylines for Coronation Street".
Chris Gray, BA (Hons) Journalism, 2015
Chris spent his childhood commentating on computer games in his room and used his time at Lincoln to pursue his passion for sports journalism by starting a show on the University’s on-campus community radio station, Siren FM. Since graduating, he has gone from strength to strength, and is now working as a senior journalist at BBC News, covering both the Manchester Arena and London Bridge terrorist attacks. Chris credits the facilities and staff at Lincoln for making him the journalist he is today.
Sitara Shefta, BSc (Hons) Games Computing, 2011
Avid gamer Sitara Shefta developed her childhood passion for gaming during her time at the University of Lincoln. Graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Games Computing, she used her university experiences of the development process to thrive in the games industry, climbing the ranks to Head of Studio at No Brakes Games.
Postgraduate Alumni Success Stories
Alice Carter, MSc by Research Sports Development, 2014
Alice graduated with both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Lincoln having studied BSc Sport Development and Coaching and MSc by Research Sports Development. She has remained living in the city, and now works as Project Manager for Lincoln City Foundation.
"The University of Lincoln is a forward-thinking institution that has grown and developed year on year; throughout my studies I was aware of this, and since living in the city after graduating I have witnessed its expansion. The University places equal emphasis on academic knowledge, research, and practical experience, which is vital for being employable after graduating."
Emily-Jayne White, MA Journalism, 2019
Emily graduated from the University of Lincoln with an MA Journalism in 2019 having already undertaken her BA (Hons) English. Since graduating Emily has progressed quickly in her career having worked as a Community Reporter for the Lincolnshire Echo alongside the Facebook Community News Project. Emily is now working as News Reporter at MoneySavingExpert.com.
"Take advantage of all the University has to offer, don't limit yourself as you may discover a passion that one day might become a vocation."
Jacob Kay, MA Theatre, 2019
Jacob graduated from the University of Lincoln with an MA Theatre in 2019 having already undertaken his BA (Hons) Drama. Jacob works as a freelance writer, actor and filmmaker and, having been shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2019, has worked on a variety of projects including tv mini-series, When it Rains, which has guest starred Harry Potter actor and Lincoln alumnus, Chris Rankin.
"My time studying at the University of Lincoln gave me a useful foundation to build upon when entering the arts industry in a professional context. Even now I have graduated, the University of Lincoln, both the institution and its staff, still supports my career and follows my progression with enthusiasm and encouragement."
Kamila Zolotar, MSc Management, 2018
Born and raised in Poland, Kamila started her university life in Poland before moving to the UK, learning English, and enrolling at the University of Lincoln. Kamila balanced study, work, and life with a young family; graduating with a First-Class BA (Hons) Business & Marketing in 2014 before gaining her MSc Management in 2018. She successfully secured a graduate internship at a local tech company before being promoted to General Manager.
"Studying at the University of Lincoln truly was a life changing experience. It gave me a new job and a new life."
Kate Ellam, MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour, 2016
Kate undertook her MSc at the University of Lincoln having studied her undergraduate degree elsewhere. After graduating Kate worked at the Dogs Trust before taking a role as Canine Assisted Services Manager at Guide Dogs for the Blind.
"At Lincoln I gained the valuable knowledge and practical skills relevant to the field of animal behaviour. Gaining the additional qualification of the MSc has enabled me to apply for roles I may not have otherwise been suitable for."